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Valentine’s Day speed dating at Colorado’s Keystone Resort can spark love affair

Fireworks at Keystone's River Run Village
Fireworks at Keystone's River Run Village
Jack Affleck

If you’re looking for love, you may find it at Keystone this Valentine’s Day when the Colorado resort holds its second annual Love on the Lifts speed dating Friday, February 14.

You only need to stand in one of two singles lines (typically reserved for those without a lift riding partner) at the River Run Gondola and find a hottie with whom you’d like to share the 11-minute ride. After reaching the top of Dercum Mountain, if you decide he’s not for you, ski down and do it all over again. (If he persists, ditch him in the trees!)

If you do hit it off with your gondola mate, you’ll have a pal to ski or ride with for the day (and maybe for life!). As a bonus, Keystone currently has some of the best conditions in the country with a storm pattern attacking the Colorado mountains that just won’t quite.

At the end of the day, the two of you can continue the getting-to-know-you part at Keystone’s Valentine’s Day party at 9280‘ Taphouse in River Run Village. Or, for something a little more sophisticated, sign up for Savor the Slopes, a month-long apres-ski tasting of Keystone’s signature restaurants. On Feb. 14, it will be at The Ranch at 4:30 p.m. If sparks are really flying, top off the day at 8 with live jazz, dancing, and chocolate and dessert wines at Warren Station in River Run Village for a Valentine’s Day Winter Wine Weekend. Call 970-496-4386 for reservations for both.

By now you’ll realize that Keystone is one of the most romantic resorts in ski country. Savor your budding relationship and check into the legendary Ski Tip Lodge, a longtime favorite spot for lovers, both for dinner and overnights. Sharing dessert on the cozy couch by the fireplace is foreplay with your clothes on.

The next day, ski together in the morning, then pamper yourselves with a massage at the Keystone Lodge & Spa offering Valentine’s Day specials like Limoncello Massage with lemon essential oils followed by a glass of the lemony Italian liqueur.

On night two, nothing is more lovey-dovey than a sleigh ride. Keystone has one of the best that includes dinner and cowboy entertainment in a vintage cabin at one of the old homesteads in the valley.

Seal your love affair the next morning with Sunday brunch at Alpenglow Stube at the top of North Peak. Take your eyes off him for a moment to catch the breathtaking views from 11,444 feet above sea level that you’ll reach by riding two gondolas.

And there you are again—in the gondola where it all began on Valentine's Day, 2014.